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A term which, in the UK, is defined as an organised belief system concerning the sacred and/or divine, which is based on the moral codes, cultures and subcultures, practices and institutions associated with such a belief system.


An entity of wide human significance encompassing doctrinal, historical, literary, devotional, experiential, behavioural and transcendental elements. It is concerned with man's relationship to God, however perceived. Religion may be formalized in dogma or entirely free and individual. It may be a matter of indifference or of the most central importance. Its influence on health may be beneficial, negligible or malign. Religion has been one of the major causes of human suffering and a source of immense consolation to millions. It has brought out the direst cruelty and the most benevolent and altruistic conduct. By their nature, religious beliefs cannot be validated in the manner of scientific facts and must always be matters of faith and unsupported belief. Doctors have a duty to respect the religious beliefs of their patients.


n the outward and often social articulation of belief in higher powers, often practiced in a community setting; may include attendance of public worship and participation in the rituals particular to the faith tradition being embraced.

Patient discussion about religion

Q. Is Christian religion dangerous to your mental health? I think manic episodes can be somewhat akin to religious experiences. Perhaps searching for God can lead to either mania or depression. Maybe we are searching for an impossible dream.

A. I would say that in our life, the balance factor is important. everything that is over-rated will not be good anymore. example :
- if you're too obese, you have higher risk of having some metabolic problems; but if you're doing your strict diet too strong, then you can risk yourself of lacking some nutrition
- you are lazy enough to do some sports, you can't have your muscles built. you push yourself too hard in workout session, there's a risk of sport injury

and i will say the same in religion related to mental health. we need to be healthy not just physically, but also mentally, and spiritually. the problem is, some 'fanatic' believers -because the religion itself always teaches us how to live our life well- are exaggerating some beliefs inside the religion verses, and live it outrageously, and later it will manifest in some manic manifestation.

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The relationship with Jews, whose history and theology Christians partially share through the Old Testament, is however very different from the Church's relationship with non-monotheistic religions such as Hinduism, with its panoply of pagan gods and goddesses whom the Church never respected in the past but, rather, treated as idols.
World religions provide us with myriad and diverse worlds, many of which are profoundly different from our own.
With such chapter titles as "The Logic of Evolution," and "The Nature of Religion," Deloria explains that scientists often discard evidence against evolution to stay true to scientific convention, whereas the creation myth offered by religion represents only a minority.
In raw numbers, the Hottubbists constitute one of the smallest religions in the world: With well under 100 practitioners, it is dwarfed even by Rastafarianism and Scientology.
With Tucker, he was co-editor of Worldviews and Ecology, and worked with her organizing the "Religions of the World and Ecology" series at Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions.
An attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation.
interfaith religious leaders meeting here that they must wrest the language of belief away from those "who concoct weapons out of religions.
Nor, strictly speaking, should religions in which the relevant Unseen Beings actually and routinely manifest themselves be considered to be based on "faith.
These alternatives conform to the dictates of the Muslim, Hare Krishna, and Seventh-day Adventist religions.
Some of the gotten religions were direct heirs of European faiths.
No Muslim or Christian would dare sell a brother or sister in the faith to an "infidel" or "unbeliever," particularly since the practitioners of these religions regarded their respective faiths as either the only way to salvation or at the very least far superior to any other.